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Upcoming Events

2019 Female Justice flyerFEMALE JUSTICE - The Murder Trial of Lastenia Abarta, 1881

Sunday, January 27, 2019
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended.

Lastenia Abarta was barely out of her teens when she fell in love with Francisco “Chico” Forster, a prominent playboy who promised marriage. When he betrayed his pledge, Abarta shot and killed Forster on a busy street in broad daylight. Would a defense built on temporary insanity due to PMS keep a jury from finding Abarta guilty?

 

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FEMALE JUSTICE - The Seduction Case of Lillian Ashley, 1896

Sunday, May 5, 2019
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations begin March 22.

In 1894, Lillian Ashley filed a civil suit against the oft-married, and more often sued, Elias “Lucky” Baldwin for seduction. Love letters were exposed, an assassination attempt was made, and the family woes were turned into a travelling stage show. Was it all part of a plan to extort money from Baldwin? Or did Ashley have nowhere else to turn?

 

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FEMALE JUSTICE - The Mysterious Death of J. Belton Kennedy, 1921

Sunday, August 11, 2019
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations begin June 28.

It was said that Madalynne Obenchain could twist any man around her finger…all except for J. Belton Kennedy. After several years of Kennedy failing to follow through with wedding plans, he was suddenly murdered. Obenchain and a former boyfriend were arrested and after five separate trials, both were set free. Did they get away with murder?

 

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FEMALE JUSTICE - The Sexual Assault Trial of Alexander Pantages, 1929

Sunday, October 20, 2019
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. Reservations begin September 6.

Alexander Pantages was a 54-year old theater chain mogul with a colorful past and Eunice Pringle was a 17-year old aspiring dancer from Garden Grove. An encounter in a small closet led to a lurid sexual assault trial that pitted the pretty Pringle against the powerful and unsympathetic Pantages.

 

Past Events

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Through the Viewfinder: Frame by Frame-Photos Documenting the Transformation of Greater Los Angeles, 1870-1930

Sunday, November 4, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; advance registration is recommended. This program has now ended.

 The Homestead's director, Paul Spitzzeri, will share images from the museum's collection of 9,000 photographs and discuss why we collect them, how we use them, and the stories they tell.

 

 

Under the Oaktree 2018

Under the Oak Tree: Exploring Native Plants with the Kizh 

Saturday, November 3, 2018; 10 - 11 a.m. OR 12:30-1:30 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. This program has now ended.

Join members of the Kizh/Gabrieleño tribe to learn how the Kizh used native plants, the benefits of native plants on the environment, and how you can use them around your home today.

 

  

Curious Cases - “Shoot Away, 2018 Curious Cases flyer-page-001Damn You!”: Judges of Los Angeles, 1850-1875

Sunday, October 21, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. This program has now ended.

 Like the town's lawyers, judges in Los Angeles spanned the spectrum of modern standards of professionalism, from Benjamin Hayes' sincere and solemn stances to William G. Dryden's often outlandish outbursts.

 

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Through the Viewfinder: A Visit to the Film Studios

Sunday, July 8, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; advance registration is recommended. This program has now ended.

 Christina Rice, Senior Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection and the author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel, takes us back to the early days of filmmaking in Los Angeles as seen in the library's collection of over three million images!

 

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Curious Cases - Family Feud: The King Family of El Monte and Personal Justice, 1855-1865

Sunday, August 12, 2018
2 to 4 p.m.

• Free; reservations are recommended. This program has now ended.

Southern chivalry was expressed in the extreme when the King family employed personal justice in gun battles in El Monte and Los Angeles, a decade apart, against fellow Southerners Micajah Johnson and Robert Carlisle.